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pumpkin mania
On 3 November we have another concert to play, and since it is still Halloween we decided to decorate with pumpkins. So last week I went to buy pumpkins. I bought  35 of them, mostly small ones as they have to serve as decoration on the tables.
My granddaughter came along to "help" me organise them on the porch:

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IMG-5028.JPG  Laurien being silly, something she is very masterfull in  :-)

She also loves to learn Max new tricks, and Max is always very happy to oblige her because it means lots of treats :-D

Here she wanted him to sit with a cookie on his nose (don't ask why). silly dog will do anything as long as he gets cookies :-D

Stolen from Spikesgirl58

Who stole it from doylebaby, who got it from silvan_lady and kittyrefuge

Pick a song to go with each letter of your user name.

G - Good vibrations (Beach Boys)
E  - Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
V  - Venus (Shocking Blue)
R  - Radar Love (Golden Earring)

For once it was a bit easy with my short name :-D

one down - still two to go
Our senior citizens concert was a success - we had an audience of over 500 people for the two concerts. We had a cloackroom for coats and one for walkers. The one for coats was as good as empty - very beautiful weather; but the one for walkers was overflowing !
It was quite an entreprise to get all those people into the concert hall so that we could start the concert on time. A lot of them rode in a wheelchair, and many more had walkers with them. So we had to escort them to their seat and then put their walker into the cloackroom for them. It was not an easy feat :-)
We played aria's from Mozart, Puccini and Bizet with a soprano and a bariton - 2 really lovely people - and anumber of Marches, Also The French Cancan was part of the program - that's the one piece everyone knows :-D
We had been prepping the concert hall all Saturday, followed by a last general rehearsal. Sunday morning was for the last finishing touches and a last short rehearsal. And than came the concerts : one at two PM and one at 6PM. And after that cleaning up and stumbling home and into our beds :-D
I didn't do much on Monday: drinking coffee - walking Max -doing some shopping ... that's about it.
Today I cleaned up the rest of the mess we made, making the folral decorations, putting away the musical scores that were still lingering ... and cleaned the house a bit. Max is a great dog but he sucks at cleaning up his hair !

I'll post some pics of the concert later, but meanwhile you can find some pics of the rehearsal under the cut
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But we're not done yet. Early November our youngsters have their own annual concert and end of December we play a family concert with a Christmassy theme. I can't tell much yet, but it is about Santa Claus and he is missing ! It's a whodunit :-)

soo tired ...
wow, a week has gone by again. September is coming to an end.  I am way behind on my messages. I promise to make it up next week !

A friend of mine needed a new guestbed for when the grandchildren came to stay. So last Thursday we went to Ikea to shop for a bed. She had already made her choice, so all we had to do was find the bed. It was a double bed where one half could slide under the other half so it would be compact when it was unused or only used by one. The bed came in three parcels; the biggest one was the two sideboards and the two slatted bases. It was large, heavy and cumbersome. It took us quite some time and manoeuvring but eventually we got it onto our cart and afterwards in the car. When we had accomplished that we really had to ga back inside to drink some coffee and eat one of their delicious desserts.  I had a very yummy berry mousse !
When we came home we had to get the thing back out of the car and ... up to the first floor ! Luckily her appartment building has an elevator. Sadly enough it is a rather small elevator. We crammed everything inside the elevator with some effort and puffing and giggling, then she went up and I pushed the button for the first floor and closed the door so she could catch the elevator when it arrived. By the time the three parcels + 2 matrasses + 2 pillows were stacked in her hallway we were finished :-)
We had had a lot of fun, and we had been giggling like schoolgirls, but everything was home ! Time for more coffee !!
Next week we will attempt to assemble the bed. Because this weekend we have are playing a concert for the elderly like we did last year. I have been printing scores, mailing musical scores to people, making fifty floral arrangements for the tables and rehearsing and rehearsing ....
I've just come home from the last general rehearsal; tomorrow is the big day. Everything is ready so we don't have to be there before eleven a.m. for a last quick rehearsal with the vocalists.
I'll just take Max out for a walk and then I'm off to bed. I'll tell more about the concert tomorrow - if I can still sit behind the laptop, that is :-)

good night everyone - have sweet dreams !!

blame it on spikesgirl who blamed it on milhent who blamed it on stardust 1161 who ....
How old are you : 66
Surgeries: 2
Tattoos: none
Ever hit a deer: nope, but I did end up nose to nose with once when we were running in the forest early one morning. I still don't know who was the most surprised : the deer or us
Rode in an ambulance: twice, once as a kid, once as an adult.
Ice skated: Yes, a lot actually
Rode a motorcycle: once, as a passenger - it was also the last time. It's not my thing
Stayed in hospital: yes : three kids, a broken shoulderblade, an appendectomy  and a hysterectomy
Skipped school: errrmmmm once or twice or ....
Last Phone call: my friend Evy
Last text: my son
Watched someone actually die: no
Coke or Pepsi: neither
Favorite Pie: cherry
Favorite Season: spring
Broken Bones: shoulderblade, tailbone
Received a ticket: a few times
Favorite color: purple
Sunrise or sunset: both
Ocean or mountain: ocean or any large body of water
Furthest placed traveled: the Azores

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Happy Birthday akane42me

I wish you a very happy birthday and a very happy year too !!!

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Happy Birthday Linda !!!
I wish you a very nice and happy birthday and an even happier year !

proud :-D
A local organisation called "Landelijke gilde" (rougly translated as Rural Guild - what's in a name ??? ) oranises a quiz every year. As of this year they decided to make the quiz a challenge cup. This means a team has to win the quiz for a number of times before that team can call the prize its own. And they asked me to design and create the prize !! yeay !
I'm so very happy !  I already have some ideas about the design (I get carte blanche)  and about the stone (I'm thinking pink albast, on a wooden base) 

I'll let you know more once I'm getting started. It has to be finished about this time next month. 

Happy birthday howling_wolf !!

Book Meme -pinched from meathiel
The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below.
Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible -

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo